Valerie Amos, the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, announced Monday (August 13th) she will visit Syria and Lebanon to draw attention to the "deteriorating humanitarian situation", AFP reported.
According to a statement from the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs, her visit is scheduled for August 14th-16th.
In Syria, Amos is expected to discuss "urgently scaling-up relief efforts and reducing the suffering of civilians caught up in the fighting with the Syrian authorities," the statement said.
She will also meet with families who fled from Syria and convene with government and humanitarian agencies in Lebanon.
Two million people are now estimated to have been affected by the Syria crisis, the UN reported. Over 140,000 people have crossed into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq since the conflict started.